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Monday 29.05.2017 | Name days: Raivis, Raivo, Maksis

Survey: Latvia’s residents are dissatisfied with EU’s and USA’s policy in Syria

Latvian residents view European Union’s and other influential geopolitical players’ realized policy in Syria as ineffective. The majority of positive opinions, on the other hand, were directed towards Russia – 22% of respondents said in SKDS’ organized survey that Russia’s activities are generally more effective, according to survey results.

MEPs call for cutting down food waste by half by 2030

Members of the European Parliament advocate efforts to reduce the volume of wasted food by half in the next fifteen years by lifting restrictions on food donations and clearing up any uncertainties associated with expiry date or ‘best before’ labels.

Augulis: Latvia can offer access to sea for distribution of goods

Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis and Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng discussed the cooperation developed between Latvia and China in the past twelve months. The two officials agreed to continue working on improvements for cargo transports via railway.

Ventspils businessmen suspect political pressure in boat restoration procurement case

Ventspils businessmen are shocked about Ventspils City Council’s and Seaside Open-Air Museum’s behaviour in the tendering procedure for the restoration of an old sail ship, choosing in favour of an offer that is EUR 51,700 more expensive offer, said Ventspils businessman Vigo Svikekalns in a publication.

Industries experience clear deficit of workforce; foreigners hired to help out

Already certain industries in Latvia are experiencing major deficit of labour force. It could increase even more because of seasonality. Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry proposes approving the list of professions that can be applied with a simplified procedure for attraction of labour force from abroad.

Survey: Latvians believe housing prices will rise

Predicting changes for housing prices in the next two to three years, 66% of interviewed Latvian residents said prices will likely increase, according to data from DNB Bank’s survey.

Competition Council to assess mobile operators’ intended tariff increase

Competition Council to assess the increase of tariffs performed by mobile communications operators, CC manager Skaidrite Abrama told Rīta panorama programme in an interview.

Hydrogen refuelling station under construction; project’s costs planned at EUR 16.1 million

On Monday, 15 May, construction of a hydrogen refuelling station commenced in Riga, Vienibas gatve 6, as reported by Rīgas satiksme.

State Audit: early retirement pension does not fit Latvia’s pension policy

Through an audit at Welfare Ministry about the longevity of Latvia’s pension system, State Audit analysed the pension filed. The service concluded that Latvia’s current pension system does not comply with the policy’s nature.

Swedbank: businesses motivate banks to develop digital services

More and more companies not only welcome but also motivate banks to develop digital services, as stated in results of Swedbank’s study.

NA: BI-2 is Riga City Council’s attempt to finance election campaign using municipal resources

The National Alliance has asked Riga City Council to provide explanations about the origin of financial resources to be used to organize BI-2 free concert on Lucavsala, as the estimated costs of such a concert exceed EUR 200,000.

Association: 10,000 nurses registered in Latvia do not work in their profession

Out of 18,700 nurses registered in Latvia, only 8,750 of them work in healthcare, said the head of Latvian Nurses Association Dita Raiska in her interview to Rīta panorama.

Reizniece-Ozola is asked to improve Latvia’s attractiveness for venture capital funds

Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens has turned to Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola with a written request to change the ministry’s established practice to apply PIT on pension fund income from participation in venture capital funds.

Latvian authorities to clarify procedure for determining blood alcohol concentration

To improve the quality of results from medical examinations, it is planned to include tests for determining the fact of use of alcohol, narcotics or other intoxicating substances based not only on drivers’ testimony but also objective data.

Experts: SIM card registration would help speed up crime investigation

It is necessary to exact changes to the Electronic Communications Law to ensure that mobile communication services are provided only to registered users. Such a control method would benefit society, said chairman of Latvian Law Association Rihards Bunka at a conference on data flow control on 12 May.

The world’s third most active internet ad clickers live in Latvia

Latvia’s internet users actively click on advertisements. Activity is higher only in Ukraine and Turkey, according to results of a study of Gemius.